Reading This Week: 15 April 2019

I didn’t read as much as I would have liked last week. I only finished three books, so most of the books I was planning to read last week I will instead read this week.

I still have The Lights to read this week, as well as Quality DNA and Eighteen Below, all of which I’m hoping to review this month.

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I also have The Chalk Man to start, and Cruel Acts to finish from last week, and I really want to start The Hunting Party.

After this I’m going to make my way through my TBR lists for the O.W.L.s readathon and the Unsolvedathon. I’m only working 2.5 days this week, before I finish for my holiday. I’m getting the train down to my parents on Thursday, and we’re flying out on Saturday. The flights and layover total 18 hours so hopefully I’ll have a lot of reading time. I have hundred of unread books on my kindle, and some audiobooks downloaded so I can spend as much time as possible reading.

Finally here’s a picture of my baby boy Dominick ready for Game of Thrones. I’m in Scotland so we get it on Mondays, and I’ll be watching it as soon as my housemate gets in tonight.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl.
For my first Top Ten Tuesday I thought I would do my top ten favourite books rather than this weeks list.

Harry Potter

I had to start the list with the Harry Potter series. I was seven when I first read Harry Potter, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just been published. These books were a huge part of my childhood and I love them just as much now as when I first read them. I even went to the midnight release of the last two books.

Harry Potter will always be a huge part of my life and I don’t think it’s possible to read them enough.

The Saga of Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan is another series from my childhood. I started reading these not long after Harry Potter when I was seven or eight. This was another series that I had to wait for. I got each book as soon as it was released, and I still have them all fifteen years later. I also have the other series by Darren Shan but The Saga of Darren Shan will always be my favourite. I still remember reading Cirque du Freak and being terrified of going to sleep afterwards.

Good Omens

I don’t think I can put how much I love Good Omens into words. It’s such an amazing book and one that I recommend to everyone. The humour is very British and I adore the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley. I have multiple copies of this book and I can’t wait for the tv series later this year.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds is a classic. I love the book and the musical version, and the audible version that combined them was amazing. It’s such a British response to an alien invasion in that everyone carries on as normal until the aliens are actively attacking them. If aliens are attacking people a couple of miles down the road then it’s fine.

The Book Thief

This is such an emotional book. It’s such a difficult topic but it’s handled so well. While I usually prefer my books to have a happy ending, I think this book would have lost something.

And Then There Were None

I’ve read a few Agatha Christie books, but I don’t think any will measure up to And Then There Were None. This is much more than your typical whodunnit. There are so many books and films that centre around the plot of characters being killed one-by-one for past sins but none manage the plot twists that Agatha Christie created 80 years ago.

Asking For It

This is a wonderful book that reflects a sad truth of our society. It centres around Emma and the responses of her family, friends, and small town after she is raped.

This has one of the most powerful quotes I’ve read in a book:
“They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
This really resonates with how rape victims and rapists are often seen by society. I’d recommend this book to anyone, but be aware that it is an uncomfortable read.

The Girl in the Green Dress

The Girl in the Green Dress is such an amazing read. I had to take a break more than once to deal with all the emotions this brought up. This is a massively underrated book that deserves more love.

Allie is a trans girl murdered on her prom night. The book changes perspective between the parents of the murdered girl, and the parents of her murderers.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

This is such a fun book and it made me nerd out more than once. There’s the descriptions of the science, planets and space, and so many sci-fi and pop culture references. This is a must read for any science-fiction fans.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

This is a very recent addition to the list. I only read it a week ago, but it quickly became one of my favourites. It was more than I was expecting. There are twists that keep you guessing to the end. This is much more well thought out than your usual mystery/thriller and I’m looking forward to Stuart Turton’s next book